Replace universally accessible lifts at Fort Sumter
Fort Sumter National Monument plans to install a combination of ramps and an elevator on Battery Isaac Huger to provide universal visitor access and replace defunct chairlifts. To comply with the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as well as the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), the Park design proposes a ramp leading from the parade ground of Fort Sumter to the lower level of Battery Huger which will provide access to restrooms and a hydration station. An elevator from the lower level to the upper level will provide access to the museum and bookstore. To avoid a negative visual effect to and from the observation deck, a ramp system will be installed in the south gun emplacement, providing access from the upper level to the observation deck. This design balances the need for accessibility with the consideration of historic resources. Archaeological monitoring and mitigation will occur during construction.
Under the guidelines of Section 106 of the NHPA, Fort Sumter National Monument is soliciting public comment on this project. Written comments, either through this website or via postal letter, will be accepted only during the 30 day public review period.
At the conclusion of the review period, comments received will be incorporated into a Memorandum of Agreement to resolve the adverse effects of this undertaking. The National Park Service values the public's interest in Fort Sumter. We look forward to your feedback in this effort.
Shannon Woolfolk (843) 883-3123